John Anderson

Anderson, John


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John Anderson is a Senior Research Fellow based within the 3DVisLab research group at DJCAD, University of Dundee. His research is informed by 25 years experience working as an interactive multimedia and software development practitioner in industry, teaching and research contexts. He also has a background in performing and community arts, particularly dance, and is a former dancer with Dundee Rep Dance Company (now Scottish Dance Theatre). He has an MSc (Distinction) in Animation and Visualisation from the University of Dundee and is a graduate of London Contemporary Dance School.

Research interests

Research interests focus on investigating the role and impact of software development practice within interdisciplinary creative collaborations including:

  • Software development practice as an embedded methodology within 3D Visualisation
  • User centred approaches to optimising and automating 3D Visualisation workflows
  • Interactive platforms for digital engagement


Research projects for the 3DVisLab include:

WreckSight (2008 - 2015): Development of subsea visualisation application in collaboration with Chris Rowland leading to impact within recreational diving and marine salvage.

Making Sense (2010 - 2013): EPSRC-funded and CPNI-sponsored interdisciplinary, consortium research project led by Imperial College.

ADUS DeepOcean Project (2013 - 2015): Research aimed at improving methods for interacting with subsea 3D data and for optimising subsea visualisation production workflows.

Digital Engagements (2016 - 2020): This research investigates alternative models of software development to evolve a methodology that integrates bespoke software development into creative co-design processes.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, University of Dundee


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